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Physical Therapy and Massage for the Dog

Interest in canine massage and physical therapy has grown as greater emphasis is placed on the general fitness and agility of dogs, as pets and as sporting animals. In this book the authors are concerned with the prevention, management and treatment of movement and allied disorders. It encompasses detailed assessments, treatment programmes that involve hands-on therapy along with dynamic remedial and strengthening techniques using exercise plans. Following succinct discussion of the relevant canine anatomy and physiology, the authors provide chapters on each of the key topics: movement and muscles; exercise; preparation for sports performance; rehabilitation techniques; massage and physical therapy; and common relevant pathologies affecting dogs. Physical Therapy and Massage for he Dog is of interest to all those involved in canine welfare including veterinary practitioners, veterinary students, therapists, dog owners and dog trainers.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to Physical Therapy and Massage, Julia Robertson and Andy Mead Introduction A brief History of Massage Current practice Anatomy and Physiology, Julia Robertson and Andy Mead Introduction Skeletal System Muscular System Fascia Nervous System Other Systems Comparative Human and Canine Anatomy How a Dog Moves, Julia Robertson Introduction Muscle placement and action Initiation of movement Development of the puppy Exercise and Activity Preparation, Julia Robertson and Meg Robertson Exercise and Conditioning Performance Areas and Their Stresses Warming Up and Warming Down Warm-Up and Warm-Down for the Handler Rehabilitation Techniques, Julia Robertson Introduction Exercising Passive movement Hydrotherapy Massage in Physical Therapy, Julia Robertson Introduction to Massage Massage Methodology Massage Application Massage Techniques Assessment of the Dog Treatment Contraindications for Canine Massage Common Diseases and Pathologies, Andy Mead and Julia Robertson Investigation of Canine Lameness Common Joint Diseases Causing Lameness Disorders of Muscles and Tendons Neoplasia Spinal Disease Peripheral Neurological Disease Glossary of Terms Further Reading Appendix - The Muscles of the Dog - Their Placement and Actions Index

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Galen Therapy Centre, Coolham, West Sussex, UK


"The seven chapters are supported with nicely presented coloured photographs, images and diagrams .. . This is certainly a book that anyone interested in an introduction to physical therapy and massage for the dog will enjoy." -Veterinary Record

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